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May 1, 2011 08:46 AM

Looking for great sweet/desserts spots

I will be staying in Seattle with my sister at the end of June. I think I have taken more than enough great recommendations for food, drinks from this board...but Im looking for a great dessert place. We are coming from San Diego and have places like Extraordinary Desserts dedicated to cakes, pastry and coffee. Does Seattle have anything like that? If not, where we can we find great choices for desserts? We will have a car. Thanks.

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  1. I'm not up on places that only do dessert--though there are some great patisseries/bakeries here I think there may not be too many places that just do dessert at night--but one restaurant where the desserts knock me out is Poppy. You order a dessert "thali"--a tray of 6+ different desserts. The nutter butters alone, which are always on it, are worth it. I almost never get dessert; even at really nice places like Per Se in NYC desserts tend to bore me. I think Poppy, however, is wonderful. It's generally a pretty full restaurant but if you can't get a table in the restaurant, the bar area is fairly large and I bet you could get a seat there for dessert.

    1. I second Poppy. Also Shoofly Pie in West Seattle for pie. Cupcake Royale in Ballard for cupcakes. North Hill bakery for coconut cake. Dahlia Bakery, esp coconut cream pie.

      Dahlia Bakery
      2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

      Cupcake Royale
      2052 NW Market St, Seattle, WA

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      1. re: cocktailhour

        I third Poppy. And for cupcakes, Yellow Leaf in Belltown is far and away better than either Cupcake Royale or Trophy.

      2. These are all great them I'd have to add the Salvadorean Bakery in the White Center neighborhood. Specifically I'd suggest the tres leches de chocolate (chocolate cake in a cup soaked in three creams, one of which is probably Bailey's, topped with whipped cream), the Maria Luisa torte, the herradura (a flaky pastry in the shape of a horseshoe filled with blueberry paste and sprinkled with sugar), and the sweet tamales with crema.

        1. I love sweets and bakeries. If you are looking for places to sit down that have espresso drinks, fresh baked goods, and maybe ice cream, gelato, and some savory items, you might like Gelatimo at 3rd and Union (downtown) and Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle. Other places include Sugar Bakery and Cafe on Madison, near Boren (First Hill), Essential Bakery - Wallingford or Madison Park, Cafe Besalu in Ballard, Honore also in Ballard, Columbia City Bakery - SE Seattle, Macrina - three locations, Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square, Le Panier at the Pike Place Market, Belle Pastry - downtown and Bellevue, Fuji Bakery in the International District and Bellevue, Le Fournil on Eastlake - near the University Bridge, and Belle Epicurean also downtown. I realize that looks like a laundry list of every bakery in town, but there are more! Each of these have hits and misses, but you can have a lot of fun trying them and visiting different neighborhoods.

          The grand daddy of the desserts and coffee idea - and open late, is B&O Espresso. I have not been in years so I can't vouch for the quality.

          If you are looking for after dinner type places, you'll need to go to restaurants with good desserts - Poppy would be high on my list as well, though the pastry chef that made them famous is gone, I think they are managing to keep her ideas going.

          Pike Place Market
          1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

          Honore Artisan Bakery
          1413 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA

          Cafe Besalu
          5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

          Bakery Nouveau
          4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

          Belle Epicurean
          1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

          Sugar Bakery & Cafe
          1014 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

          Fuji Bakery
          526 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. Simply Desserts, 3421 Fremont Ave